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Amazon developing smartphone with "hologram" style glasses-free 3D display

Rumors by Andrew Kameka on Thursday May 09, 2013.

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Amazon's long-rumored smartphone plans to complement its Kindle Fire tablets are still underway, and according to the Wall Street Journal, those plans include a smartphone that supports 3D imagery that doesn't require glasses. Citing unnamed sources, the Wall Street Journal reports that the upcoming smartphone would use "retina-tracking technology, images on the smartphone would seem to float above the screen like a hologram and appear three-dimensional at all angles."

Smartphones with 3D technology have appeared in recent years, but not exactly like the method supposedly in development by Amazon. The AT&T LG Thrill and Sprint HTC EVO 3D both relied on stereoscopic displays that gave the appearance of a three-dimensional image without the need of glasses. Those devices could only produce the desired effect when staring directly at the phone, but the Wall Street Journal suggests there would be more viewing angles with Amazon's approach.

Amazon is reportedly developing its new phone and other products at its research facility in Cupertino, Calif., under the Alphabet Projects codename. No further details were released about the nature of the phones aside from the 3D aspect, but one can reasonably assume that the "high-end" phone in development would be Android-based in order to maintain consistency with the Kindle Fire tablets and Amazon Appstore. The phone could be released later this year.

source: Wall Street Journal

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